Beyond the Self: Social Identity, Altruism, and Political Participation

  title={Beyond the Self: Social Identity, Altruism, and Political Participation},
  author={James H. Fowler and Cindy D. Kam},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={813 - 827}
Scholars have recently extended the traditional calculus of participation model by adding a term for benefits to others. We advance this work by distinguishing theoretically a concern for others in general (altruism) from a concern for others in certain groups (social identification). We posit that both concerns generate increased benefits from participation. To test these theories, we use allocations in dictator games towards an unidentified anonymous recipient and two recipients identified… 
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